Chapter 1 Introducing the Rational Unified Process

What Is the Rational Unified Process?

When you ask this question, you typically get different answers, depending on whom you ask and the context of your question. What makes matters confusing is that the Rational Unified Process, or the RUP, actually denotes three very different things:

•     The RUP is a software development approach that is iterative, architecture-centric, and use-case-driven. It is described in a variety of whitepapers and books. The most comprehensive information can be found in the RUP product itself, which contains detailed guidelines, examples, and templates covering the full software lifecycle.

•     The RUP is a well-defined and well-structured software engineering ...

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